Any of the following foods can be introduced as the first weaning food, but most mothers begin with cereal, root vegetables or fruit, mixed with their baby’s milk.
All cereals such as rice, oats, wheat and corn based
Lean meat, poultry or fish – well cooked
Eggs – well cooked
Dhal, lentils, hummus, chick peas and other pulses
Nuts – ground or as nut butter, e.g. ground almonds and smooth peanut butter
Plain fromage frais and yoghurts
Grated cheese melted onto warm foods.
Begin with a runny purée for the first few tastes. Then move on to thicker purées or well-mashed food as your baby becomes used to taking food from a spoon.
Skills to learn:
- Taking food from a spoon
- Moving food from the front of the mouth to the back for swallowing
- Managing thicker purées and mashed food